ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal falls to Taylor Fritz

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ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal falls to Taylor Fritz

Rafael Nadal made a losing start at his 11th ATP Finals campaign. Playing his first match in Turin, Nadal experienced a 7-6, 6-1 loss to Taylor Fritz in an hour and 37 minutes. The American beat the Spaniard for the second time this year after the Indian Wells final, prevailing in the opener and dominating set number two for a winning start to his ATP Finals journey.

The younger player made the difference with the second serve and never faced a break point. He missed his chances on the return in the opener before building an early advantage in the tie break and bringing it home.

Rafael Nadal lost to Taylor Fritz on his debut in Turin.

As in Paris, Nadal lost ground in the second set and experienced breaks in games four and six to propel the rival over the finish line.

Thus, Rafa will have to win the remaining four matches to clinch the year-end no. 1 spot, a task that seems impossible at the moment. They stayed neck and neck in the opening set, playing on the same level in the shortest and more advanced exchanges before Taylor made the difference in the tie break.

Nadal hit a double fault in the first point and could not climb back, as Fritz claimed it 7-4 with a forehand down the line winner. With a boost on his side, the younger player grabbed consecutive breaks in the second set and sealed the deal on his serve at 5-1 for his first ATP Finals victory and 200 points on his tally.